GOP Senator: Graham-Cassidy is Horrible But I’m Voting For It

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Will Republicans vote to kick 32 million people off their health care and bankrupt or kill them next week?

I don't know. Right now it looks like they're still 1 or 2 votes short, but we do know Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) will be voting for the Graham-Cassidy deathcare bill.

Why will he vote it? Well, the Des Moines Register asked Grassley that question and this is what he had to say:

“You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn’t be considered,” Grassley said. “But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.


No, a vague promise to do something your own voters don't actually want is not more important the substance of legislation that will dramatically reorganize a fifth of our entire economy and jeopardize the lives of millions of people.

Moreover, it's not as if Republicans promised to kick people off their health care and bring back pre-existing conditions. They didn't. They promised "repeal and replace," but they've left out the "replace" part. Graham-Cassidy isn't actually what they campaigned on. There is no replacement.

I think you'd have to be some kind of lizard to even think this way. It's about as flippant as it gets and a demonstration that they don't take any of this seriously. This is all a joke to them; a vanity project.

  • ninjaf

    The real reason: The Koch ATM is closed until this passes.

    • Badgerite

      I agree with this very much. But this is a sixth of the American economy we are talking about and the New York Times has the latest story on the reaction of the insurance industry which has come out strongly against this bill.
      “Senate Republicans are already under pressure from 11 governors – including five fellow Republicans and a pivotal Alaskan Independent – who this week urged the Senate to reject the last – ditch repeal effort.”
      “The two major trade groups for insurers, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans, announced their opposition on Wednesday to the Graham-Cassidy bill. They joined other groups fighting the bill, such as the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, AARP and the lobbying arm of the American Cancer Society.”
      Exactly who is in favor of this bill besides the Koch brothers? Are they the ones who were “promised this” during the last campaigns? Does the opinion of the American public who will have to live or die based on the provisions in this bill have a say? This will not only hurt individual Americans and their families. It will also hurt the economy.

      • ninjaf

        It only matters to the Koch brothers and the frothing Republican base that votes in the primaries. Moderate Republicans need to vote in their primaries and they need to move left on their candidates (instead of to the right, as they have been for almost 2 decades) or we will never get out of this mess.

  • Aynwrong

    “You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn’t be considered,” Grassley said. “But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill. OBAMA!!!

    • Victor the Crab

      There are plenty of his fellow Republicans who would vie for that title.

  • 1933john

    Cause I’m a White Iowan,
    that’s why I’m voting yay!

  • Scopedog

    Interesting that Assley–I mean, Grassley–mentioned that they were “1 or 2 votes short” and he didn’t think those votes were there anyway.

    And yet, they still want to vote on this, even though they don’t have the votes…and it’s because they have to keep a promise? A promise to completely fuck over their constituents and also crash the goddamned economy?

    Holy Christ…the GOP is truly the party of nihilists.

  • muselet

    Chuck Grassley “could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn’t be considered,” but that’s trumped—you should pardon the expression—by one big reason, the Rs’ dogged determination to immiserate and possibly kill people.

    Grassley has never been the brightest bulb in the candelabra, but this marks a new low. I hope he got a really good deal for his soul.


  • Badgerite

    Grassely is one the people who spent a lot of time trying to convince elderly people that funding for end of life planning, which is quite essential for everyone as it makes your wishes known at a time when you can clearly express them, was actually going to subject them to “death panels”. They campaigned on lies. That does not make fulfilling a promise to do something that you convinced someone you needed to do based on a lie is good or necessary.
    Some kind of moral imperative. No, that is actually an abdication of any moral values what so ever.
    The lie was the original injury. Depriving people of their healthcare is just a second injury piled on the first.
    Grassely cannot possibly make this about representing his constituents honestly when 1) they have done nothing but lie about the effects of both the ACA and their proposals for repeal and 2) the only thing less popular in America right now it diarrhea. And that include with his own constituents. They are doing this because they don’t care about the representative nature of our democracy or about their constituents. If they did, they would actually listen to them instead of not taking calls and avoiding any kind of town halls with them. Actions speak louder than words and their actions in trying to pass this bill with as little actual input from the healthcare industry or organizations let alone their constituents speaks volumes.

  • Draxiar

    Great googly moogly…what a coward.

  • fry1laurie

    The “Cult” is what’s important, not the policy.

  • Victor the Crab

    Well, if they don’t succeed again, there’s always the next time. Or the next. Or the next. Until they’re triumphant in applying lingchi to Obamacare and rewarding their one percent masters with the big fat tax cut they don’t deserve while millions of average Americans will be forced to choose between living or abject poverty.


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